Critical Care Unit Awarded For Excellence 
Sunday, 05 July 2009 

TEMPLETON, CA – Twin Cities Community Hospital’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) is proud to announce that it has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The award is designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive and adult critical care units. The recognition itself is priceless, as it represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to exceptional care of patients and families.

As a Beacon Award recipient, Twin’s Critical Care Unit succeeded in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria:

Recruitment and retention
Education, training and mentoring
Research and evidence-based practice
Patient outcomes
Leadership and organization ethics
Healing environment.

AACN applauds the efforts and success of the Critical Care Unit, which now serves as a beacon for other hospitals and healthcare facilities. Beacon units are a source of inspiration for other aspiring units.

Don Baker, CCU Director, said it best, “The staff of the CCU made a collective and individual commitment to meet and exceed the stringent Beacon requirements. I am proud of every nurse, aide, clerk and technician who propelled this unit to the level where it is recognized nationally for excellence in all the measured areas of the Beacon award. This honor, however, is not the end of our journey but simply the next step in continuous improvement.”

Learn more about the Beacon Award

About AACN

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world's largest specialty nursing organization, representing interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Its international headquarters are in Aliso Viejo, CA. Founded in 1969, AACN has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.  Learn more about AACN  (800) 899-2226.